Wellington, Florida

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Wellington is a village in Palm Beach County, Florida, United States. As of 2006, the village had a population of 55,584 according to the U.S. Census Bureau.[3] Though Wellington is part of the South Florida Metropolitan Statistical Area, it is not considered part of South Florida by the most people.[citation needed]

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History

Wellington was originally the world's largest strawberry patch, the Flying Cow Ranch. C. Oliver Wellington bought 18,000 acres (73 km²) of swampland in the 1950s in central Palm Beach County that eventually would be called the Village of Wellington. Wellington began as a planned unit development approved by Palm Beach County in 1972. For many years it functioned as a bedroom community with few shopping centers or restaurants until it was incorporated in December 1995. Wellington holds the largest horse show in the world from the last week in January to the middle of March.[6]

Geography

Wellington is located at 26°39′18″N 80°15′15″W / 26.655°N 80.25417°W / 26.655; -80.25417 (26.655135, -80.254136).[7] According to the United States Census Bureau, the village has a total area of 31.4 mi² (81.2 km²), of which 31.0 mi² (80.4 km²) is land and 0.3 mi² (0.8 km²) of it is water (0.99%).

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